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Opinions Dec. 5, 2011

December 5, 2011
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7th Circuit Court of Appeals had posted no Indiana opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Linzy C. Clark v. State of Indiana
48A04-1104-CR-249
Criminal. Reverses trial court’s denial of Clark’s motion to dismiss the notice of probation violation. After the probation was transferred from Madison County to Tippecanoe County, the Tippecanoe County court held supervisory authority. It received notice of the probation violation, but Madison County – the sentencing court – did not, nor did it file the notice of probation violation within 45 days of receiving the notice of violation.

Jason Jones v. State of Indiana
34A05-1101-CR-66
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class B felony dealing in methamphetamine and Class B misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance. Holds that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting testimony and photographs in lieu of certain physical evidence that had been destroyed by law enforcement officers in accordance with Indiana Code 35-5-5-5. Further, the trial court did not err by allowing a law enforcement officer to testify as a skilled witness regarding the one-pot reaction method of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Gold C. Washington v. State of Indiana (NFP)
79A02-1105-CR-407
Criminal. Reverses sentences for two convictions of Class D felony battery on a child, holding the court abused its discretion by imposing a sentence greater than allowed by statute. Remands for resentencing.  

Aaron Michael Rohr v. State of Indiana (NFP)
40A01-1102-CR-55
Criminal. Affirms convictions of Class A felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death, Class B felony aggravated battery and Class B felony battery of a child by an adult causing serious bodily injury.

Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Tax Court had posted no opinions by IL deadline.

Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer in two cases for the week ending Dec. 2.








 

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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